Peter James Dellios

Aug. 20, 1930 – Jan. 29, 2010

Peter James Dellios, 79, of Mesa, Ariz., passed away Friday, Jan. 29, 2010.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce; son, Peter M. Dellios, and his wife, Cathy; daughter, Carol Aiken, and her husband, Frazier; brother, Dr. Louis Dellios, and his wife, Pat; and his granddaughter, Danielle Dellios.

Pete was born Aug. 20, 1930, in Chicago, to James and Margaret Dellios. He met Joyce Grafton, the love of his life, in the fall of 1952 while on a fellowship in chemistry at Indiana University, and they married in 1954. A devoted alumnus of Carroll College in Waukesha, Pete was inducted into the Carroll College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1988. He was a letter winner in football, basketball and tennis, and a Carroll College “Hinky Hero” in 1952. In his long career as a chemical salesman, Pete was also inducted into the Tab Chemicals Hall of Fame from 1968 to 1997.

Pete’s true passions, other than his family, were baseball, books and golf. He signed a professional baseball contract as a pitcher with the Boston Braves in 1953, and never gave up hope that the Chicago Cubs would one day win the World Series.

Pete served in the Army and was stationed in Frankfurt, Germany, in 1955, where he was a star of the Army baseball team. In 1998, Pete and Joyce retired to Mesa, to their home at the Las Sendas Golf Resort. An avid golfer, Pete fell in love with Las Sendas, where he not only golfed, but worked part time for years.

Pete kept the publishing industry in business; a voracious reader, he devoured books of all kinds, from fiction to science to politics. One short sentence from a 1955 article in the Waukesha Freeman epitomized Pete’s life: “From atoms to curveballs, Pete Dellios knows the score.”

A celebration of Pete’s life was held in Mesa on Feb. 5.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the charity of your choice, or to Carroll University, Office of Advancement, 100 N. East Ave., Waukesha, WI 53186, in memory of Pete.